Anna Hahner

Anna Hahner (born 20 November 1989) is a German long distance runner who specialises in the marathon.[1]

Anna Hahner
Anna Hahner bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Hannover 2016 (Martin Rulsch) 01.jpg
Anna Hahner in 2016
Personal information
Born (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 30)
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
SportTrack and field


Anna and her sister at the HAJ Hannover Marathon

She and her twin sister, Lisa Hahner, were born in 1989. They were inspired to take up long distance running after hearing an interview with musician and amateur runner Joey Kelly when they were seventeen.[2]

Anna Hahner won the Vienna Marathon in 2014 but refused to take part in the European championships. Anna refused because she has set herself a limit of two marathons a year.[2]

Anna competed in the women's marathon event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3] She and Lisa controversially crossed the finishing line together at position 81 and 82. They finished more than 15 minutes below their personal bests. They were accused of trying to attract media attention and they did get more coverage than their teammate, Anja Scherl, who finished ahead of them. They said that it was Anna's idea when she realised that with two kilometres to go that she might capture Lisa.[4]

German Athletics Federation director Thomas Kurschilgen said that their aim was just to create attention.[5]


  1. ^ "Anna HAHNER". Olympic Channel. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Run, Anna, Run: Meet the Berlin Marathon hope, 28 September 2014,, Retrieved 17 August 2016
  3. ^ "Anna Hahner". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. ^ Sisters Anna and Lisa Hahner have infuriated a nation, 17 August 2016,, Retrieved 17 August 2016
  5. ^ Twins Finish Marathon Hand in Hand, but Their Country Says They Crossed a Line, 16 August 2016, Christopher Clarey, New York Times, Retrieved 17 August 2016

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